The National Trust owns and runs the Bath Assembly Rooms – one of Bath’s finest Georgian buildings. As such, they’re open to view on a daily basis – when not booked for private functions. Entry to The Assembly Rooms is free. The Assembly Rooms were a focus in the 18th Century for music, dancing, playing cards, conversation, drinking tea and general social intercourse. The magnificent Octagon, Ball Room, Tea Room and Card Rooms all played central roles in these activities. The Assembly Rooms building is also home to the Fashion Museum, this having separate opening times and admission charges.
Considered the acme of Palladian architecture in Bath, The houses of The Royal Crescent were individually designed for wealthy clients in the latter half of the 18th Century. The first of these flagship constructions to be built was Number 1.
While the current building of Bath Abbey dates from 1499, it’s built over earlier Christian churches that date back over a thousand years. Impressive as that may be, the story of Christianity in Bath dates back even further.
The first letter sent with a stamp was sent from Bath. The Bath Postal Museum illustrates how Bath influenced and developed the 18th Century Postal System. It’s not just the story of the Penny Post that’s on offer though – you can find out about written communication across the ages.